Las Vegas Shopping
Whether you’ve got winnings to spend or you’ve simply come for the shopping, Las Vegas is the place to be. Not only does this city have you covered if you forgot your swimsuit at home or weren’t expecting an invite to a black-tie event, the shopping in Las Vegas has become a sight-seeing attraction — if nothing other than a luxurious convenience.
Shopping is Las Vegas can be found up and down The Strip, in hotels or in giant stand-alone facilities. But the most diversified shopping can be found in three specific places:
Fashion Show Mall, located on The Strip at Spring Mountain Road; The Forum and Appian Way Shops at Caesars Palace, situated between Caesars Palace and the Mirage; and Grand Canal Shoppes, located inside the Venetian hotel along a modern-day rendition of Venice, complete with a winding canal and gondola rides.
Fashion Show Mall is anchored by popular department stores like Nordstrom, Bloomingdales’s Home, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Ann Taylor, Sharper Image and Dillard’s. It features over 100 specialty shops and although it has no theme like surrounding hotels, Fashion Show Mall has four art galleries and, ironically enough, hosts free fashion shows several afternoons throughout the week. Most would say this shopping facility is characterized by its popular, big-name department stores most travelers would recognize.
The Forum and Appian Way Shops, like its home at Caesars, is defined by a Roman market place theme. The mall replicates the stateliness of a day at the market in ancient Rome with plazas, “out door” cafés and fountains lining the streets. The atmosphere gives the 100 new-age specialty shops located throughout the “ancient city” a classic sense of what was. The mall is three stories and touts dozens of retailers and dining venues. Clouds and celestial bodies float in the forum’s sky-like ceiling.
Like The Forum and Appian Way, Grand Canal Shoppes provides travelers with a sense of old-word shopping, too, set among one massive canal that stretches across the mall. A 70-foot ceiling, 64 different places to shop and eat and a quarter-mile long Venetian street lends shopping at the Grand Canal Shoppes an open marketplace feel. Sounds of gondola singers echoing between the buildings simulate an experience many will never have in real life.
Many of the hotel-casinos on The Strip offer convenience stores and specialty shops. Luxor and Mandalay Bay also encourage shopping with their own mini malls featuring several high-fashion boutiques, but none compare in size and offerings to Fashion Show Mall, The Forum and Appian Way Shops at Caesars Palace or Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian.
All three shopping giants are essentially within walking distance from each other, but we’d recommend taking a cab if you’re buried in bags and hatboxes. There’d be nothing worse than losing a brand new, expensive purchase or falling victim to a pickpocket on the busy Strip after a long day at the malls.
Fashion Show Mall (702) 784-7000
The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace (702) 893-4800
Grand Canal Shoppes (702) 414-4500